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Folks, this is a huge deal.
This war for the pro-life community is not over… but nevertheless what happened on Saturday in the House will go down as a HUGE victory for pro-life Americans….

First of all, if you just heard a loud thud well that was pro-choice liberals in the House plopping down in their seats dumbfounded and frustrated as can be. Not only does their healthcare reform bill not contain a “robust” public option but it now contains this new pro-life language. This is a horrible turn of events for House liberals. You can be sure they’ll be pressure on Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer to strip this language out in conference (if the bill makes it that far) but for now this vote tonight is something pro-choice liberals will lose some sleep over.
It should not be lost that the vote here was 240-194. This was not a 218-217 squeaker. Far from it. This was a pretty resounding statement about where this country is at regarding abortion. Think about it. The Democratic Party controls the House and yet look at how well this pro-life vote did tonight. Remember 2006 when the Democratic Party took control of the House? Well one of the reasons for that was because the party was able to find moderate pro-life Democrats in the South and other parts of the country to increase their margin. Well those same pro-life Democrats came back tonight and had their say.
Let me also say that Nancy Pelosi really had no choice here but to allow this vote. If she didn’t, the healthcare reform bill would have gone down to defeat….

11:04p: Big pro-life victory tonight. BIG. That socialized healthcare passed in the US House is a battle to wage tomorrow. Tonight, appreciate a huge victory for preborn babies. From the Associated Press:

A bipartisan House coalition voted Saturday to prohibit coverage of abortions in a new government-run health care plan that Democrats would establish to compete with private insurers….

The 240-194 vote on an amendment by Rep. Bart Stupak, D-MI, was a blow to liberals, who would have allowed the Obama administration and its successors to decide whether abortions would be covered by the government plan. Sixty-four Democrats joined 176 Republicans in favor of the prohibition.
Stupak’s measure also would bar anyone from getting federal subsidies to help cover their premiums for private insurance polices that would include abortion coverage.
“Let us stand together on principle no public funding for abortions, no public funding for insurance policies that pay for abortions,” Stupak urged fellow lawmakers before the vote.
The amendment would bar the new government insurance plan from covering abortions, except in cases of rape, incest, or where the life of the mother is in danger. The Democrats’ original legislation would have allowed the government plan to cover abortions, if the Health and Human Services secretary decided it should.
The amendment also would prohibit people who receive new federal health subsidies from buying insurance plans that include abortion coverage….
Abortion rights advocates called the measure the biggest setback to women’s reproductive rights in decades….
Abortion-rights supporters say private insurers will not likely offer policies with abortion coverage in the exchange because many potential buyers will be getting federal subsidies….

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